I'm sorting through the race and how I feel about it. For now, I'm happy I did it, I went the furthest I've gone since 2014, and it's so good to get some rest now.
When I flew into San Francisco, I checked into the hotel and stayed there Friday night. It was a long day of travel, and I get exhausted after flying. All the tense feelings and anxiety drain me of any energy. I had dinner at the pub next door, and really tried to stay awake long enough so I wouldn't be up too early. I did wake up at 4, so I peeked at the royal wedding, and the Duchess of Sussex's dress. She was gorgeous! After trying to get back to sleep, and failing, I had breakfast at 7, and hopped on the Cable Car stop two blocks from my hotel.
1) It's $7 one way on a Cable Car, and since my hotel was two blocks from Powell Street, I caught the Powell-Market line, and rode it all the way to the end of its line, at Bay and Taylor. Since the expo was at Pier 35, I wanted to spend time at Fisherman's Wharf before it opened, and get out of the hotel for the morning. My plan was to get off my feet after lunch and preserve my legs for the race. Once the Cable Car reached the end of the line, there was a Starbucks (score!), and since I needed tea and a little bit more food, I stopped in before heading up to the Piers.
2) First up was walking by the Boudin Factory, which smelled wonderful! Since they bake their sourdough bread all day, I could stand outside all day. I knew I would head back once they were open, and have lunch there. They are quite a San Francisco treat.
3) The major stop of the morning was by Pier 39 to see the sea lions. I know I saw them 3 years ago during my last visit, but they are always worth a stop. You can certainly hear them before you get to the pier. They hang out on the docks, and San Francisco has many signs saying not to disturb them. They are welcomed residents along the pier, and Pier 39 provides them plenty of safety from the sharks in San Francisco Bay.
4) It was quite breezy, and it was nice to reach the expo, if anything to get out of the wind. The expo wasn't big, but I walked around to warm up a little bit. First up was the bib pickup, followed by the shirt pickup, and then official merchandise. I wanted a shirt since my race shirts are going to end up in a shirt quilt. The back of the shirt I bought has all the streets of the race course. I visited some vendors, and I won a water bottle. After having some sample Nuun, I decided to head back to Fisherman's Warf and to Boudin.
5) Even though it was still early, and just past 10, I decided to get lunch because I was hungry. I got their rustic tomato soup, and grilled cheese. I wanted to buy bread, but I didn't have anything to store it in and keep it fresh. At least they have an online store, so I can order bread to be delivered. After lunch, I decided to head back to the hotel, and even though I had been planning on a taxi ride, I decided to head back to the Powell-Market line since it's a little removed from the Warf, and see how busy it was. It wasn't busy at all, and not only was I able to get on a Car right away, it was the same crew from my trip up to the Warf! I picked up more food from Starbucks since lunch had been early, and I headed back to my hotel to rest for the race.
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